Is Palliative Care right for you?
Are you or is someone you love facing a serious illness?
You need relief. Relief from pain. Relief from other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. Relief from stress. The better you understand your condition, the better you understand your choices for care. You may want to improve symptoms of a condition, medical treatments, or just have an easier time going about your everyday life.
The bottom line is that you want to feel better or help someone you love feel better. This is what palliative care is all about and what it can do for you and your family. Remember, you can receive palliative care at any point in your illness. If you answer 'yes' to some of these questions, palliative care can help.
Do you, or does someone close to you, have a serious illness such as:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysema
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
Do you, or does someone close to you, have symptoms which are chronic or very hard to manage such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Lack of appetite
Have you, or has someone close to you, experienced the following:
- Frequent emergency room visits
- Multiple admissions to the hospital (3 or more within 12 months) with the same symptoms
- A turning point in the illness where treatment is no longer working
- Eating problems associated with an advanced illness
Do you, or does someone close to you, need help with:
- Future planning
- Decision making
- Emotional support
- Spiritual or religious support
Questions? 617-363-8183 or email Palliative Care